Management of Cotton Aphids: Texas Style

J. F. Leser


The cotton aphid, Aphis gossypii Glover, has become an important management consideration in the production of cotton in Texas as well as in other cotton growing areas of the U. S. The development of resistance to most insecticides since 1989 and the severity of infestations in 1991 encouraged the establishment of the Cotton Aphid Task Force. Several suggestions were proposed for managing cotton aphids relying on cultural techniques and other strategies which minimize insecticide use while conserving effective aphicides. Documented instances of pyrethroid-induced outbreaks of aphids following applications targeting cotton bollworms have further reinforced the need for developing management strategies which promote conservation of beneficial arthropods and minimize the upsetting influence of insecticides on the cotton production system.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1994 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 137 - 141
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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